Monthly Archives: November 2012

RIP Bruce Morley

I didn’t get a chance to know drummer/historian/educator/writer Bruce Morley during my PhD- he was, unfortunately a bit too young (professionally speaking) to fit into my thesis, and now it is too late. Bruce passed away last week after a long battle with cancer. Although I never got to know him, the one thing that […]

So…why jazz? or There was jazz in New Zealand?!

Throughout my PhD whenever I told someone what my thesis topic was (Jazz in NZ 1920-1955) I’d get one of two questions: So…why jazz? or There was jazz in New Zealand?! In light of those questions I thought I’d write a bit about each of them. Firstly: why jazz? Well it all started back in […]


Hello out there and welcome. This blog is mostly about jazz in New Zealand, especially pre-1970, but from time to time I will post things on other topics. If you’re wondering why jazz in New Zealand and pre-1970 (and most people do!), well, I’m a New Zealander, and I’ve just completed my PhD thesis on […]